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Promising a 'faster, easier to navigate' version of SkyDrive that's 'more beautiful for photos', the service has been 'built for the modern web using HTML5'.


Microsoft, through its 'Windows Live' division, has announced 'major updates to SkyDrive', which Microsoft says is 'a single service for cloud access and sharing built for the modern web using HTML5'.

Claiming to have listened to its users through incorporating 'user feedback', SkyDrive has a 'brand new look' that promises a 'more fluid and efficient user interface'.

Microsoft certainly knows how to be tardy, with Windows Vista's birth testimony to that, but Microsoft also informs us that it still knows what tardy means when it tells us that 'this is the first significant new functionality announced for SkyDrive since it launched in 2007.'

Um'¦ what took so long, Microsoft? With Google in perpetual betas, updating its code every five seconds, was it really smart to let FIVE YEARS elapse between SkyDrive updates?

Leaving aside Microsoft's tardy ways for a moment, we learn from MS that its new updated SkyDrive 'puts content front and centre, and makes photos shine with the new layout that gets the chrome out of the way.'

Hmm, sounds like a not-so subtle dig at Microsoft's nemesis, Google, although at this moment we should cast our minds back to the entire aeons of time that passed between IE6's launch and IE7's, let alone SkyDrive's five year wait for a decent update.

Again leaving aside Microsoft's tardiness, we learn that SkyDrive takes advantage of IE9's feature-set, something that should surely come as no surprise to anyone.

Via IE9, SkyDrive delivers 'hardware accelerated graphics, modern HTML and Windows through IE 9 features like pinned sites'.

So after all of  that preamble, what the heck does SkyDrive actually do? Continued on page two, please read on!


Microsoft says its Drive in the Sky 'is focused on delivering anywhere access and sharing by seamlessly integrating cloud storage with popular applications and devices'.

Naturally, 'this includes apps like Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows Live Photo Gallery for Windows, Office 2011 for Mac, OneNote for the iPhone'.

On the web, we're told that 'SkyDrive also works seamlessly with Office Web Apps and Hotmail. Also, SkyDrive is seamlessly integrated with devices like Windows Phone'.

We're also informed that 'SkyDrive is the best way access and share Office documents in the cloud. It's also a great way to access and share photos across devices, particularly with Windows Phone. And all of this is free.'

So, even though Steve Jobs poked a bit of fun at SkyDrive through his iCloud demo that made fun of people who thought that a cloud service meant a hard drive in the sky, it's good to see Microsoft finally updating its consumer-based cloud service with some new features.

Let's just hope we don't have to wait another five years before SkyDrive gets updated again.

 

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

 

 

 

 

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